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Wesley Coburn

Wesley Coburn

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:55

FUMC-Okmulgee holding VBS

First United Methodist Church of Okmulgee will be holding Vacation Bible School from Sunday, July 30 to Thursday, August 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rowe Family Life Center. Meals will be served at 5:30 p.m.

The theme is “Hero Central,” and pre-registration in the church office is encouraged. Pre-registration includes a swimming party during Super Fun Family Night at the YMCA pool on Thursday, August 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

First Methodist is located at 302 S Seminole Ave., and their number is 918-756-6088.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

It’s almost time for the Friday night lights to fire up, fans.

The Wilson Tigers football team, led by head coach Ronnie Titsworth, will begin their second year of competition on Friday, August 25 at home against Dewar at 7:30 p.m, where they will look to improve on their inaugural 1-7 record. The Dragons won last year’s meeting 68-0.

September begins with a trip to Weleetka to face the Graham-Dustin Chieftains on the 1st, then September 8 is a home contest against the Immanuel Lutheran (Broken Arrow) Crusaders. The Olive (Drumright) Wildcats visit on September 15, and the Tigers will host the South Coffeyville Lions on September 22. The month closes with a trip to Bartlesville to face the Wesleyan Christian Mustangs.

October 6 the Tigers will go to Claremore Christian for a tussle with the Warriors, and October 13 brings a road contest against the Eagle Point Christian (Sapulpa) Eagles; in their matchup last season, WHS earned their debut win with the 54-8 victory. October 20 is a bye week, while a trip to Choctaw is in store for October 27’s matchup with the Life Christian Eagles.

The season wraps up with home rematch with Graham-Dustin on November 3. All games begin at 7:30 p.m., and WHS will compete in Class B district 4. Wilson High School is located at 8867 Chestnut Road in Henryetta.

The Dewar Dragons, coached by Josh Been, will be part of district B-6, and their 2017 season begins in Henryetta at Wilson on August 25.

September 1 brings a trip to Grizzly Country as the Dragons go to Gans, who they defeated 49-0 last year. The home opener is September 8 against the Allen Mustangs, while district play begins with a September 15 visit to the Coyle Bluejackets. September 22 is a bye week, and the month closes when the Davenport Bulldogs come to town on September 29.

October 6 takes Dewar to the Warriors of Haileyville, while Thursday, October 12, the Dragons welcome the Wetumka Chieftains. A non-district road trip to Oklahoma City awaits on October 20 as DHS travels to face the Destiny Christian Wildcats, while on Thursday, October 26, Dewar travels to the realm of the Outlaws for a game against Weleetka.

The regular season wraps up on Senior Night November 3 with a home contest against the Canadian Cougars. Except for the Coyle game, which begins at 7 p.m., all games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Steve Baldridge

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At a press conference Thursday morning, July 13, Okmulgee Regional Airport, together with the City of Okmulgee and the Okmulgee Area Development Council (OADC), announced that it will be hosting their first-ever air show, called Okmulgee Airfest, on Saturday, September 30.

“This is great for families and for airplane enthusiasts,” Mayor Steve Baldridge said.

The gates will open at 10 a.m., while the air show begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car/plane.

Attractions will include skydivers, stunt flying, and a drag race between a plane and a motorcycle, with possibly some vintage aircraft and military aircraft as well. There will also be inflatables, food trucks and a kids zone.

“I think that this show will be a great way to introduce the next generation to aviation,” said Bruce Force of the Okmulgee Airport Advisory Board. “I really think that we have something for everyone.”

Event partners include the City of Okmulgee, the OADC, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Main Street, First National Bank & Trust, Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSU-IT) and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Additional sponsorships are available.

“I encourage y’all to come,” said Nevyle Cable, president of First National Bank. “It’s gonna be fun and a great afternoon. We just gotta get the word out and hope for good weather.”

More information can be found at www.OkmulgeeAirfest.com.

Photos by Wesley Coburn

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Okmulgee Public Schools recently released their list of upcoming school supplies needed for 2017-18 school year, just in time for the back-to-school shopping blitz.

Pre-K students will need three large boxes of Kleenex, four boxes of 24-count crayons, a 4-count package of dry erase markers, a 4-pack of Play-Doh, a full-size backpack, six glue sticks, two 3-ring binders with pockets, two boxes or packages of snack items per month, one package of watercolor paints, one box of markers, one pair of scissors, one package of Lysol or Clorox wipes, one package of Ziploc bags (gallon size for girls, quart size for boys), two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, one package of letter size sheet protectors and one package of multicolored construction paper. Additionally, parents are asked to bring two of the following: a bottle of hand sanitizer, one package of baby wipes, one package of paper plates, one package of paper lunch bags (white or brown), or one tube of glue.

Kindergartners will need five 24-count boxes of crayons, one pair of blunt-end scissors, two 12-count packages of yellow #2 pencils, one package of dry-erase markers, three large boxes of Kleenex, six glue sticks, one 4-pack of Play-Doh, one package of pearl erasers (girls only), one box of markers, one large package of Lysol wipes (girls only), one package gallon-sized Ziploc bags (boys only), one 16 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer (boys only), a 5’x8’ box for school supplies, a regular-sized backpack, and two packages of 8”x11” copy paper

First graders need a 5”x8” box for supplies, eight pink pearl erasers, four boxes of 24-count Ticonderoga #2 pencils, two glue sticks, four boxes of 24-count crayons, two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, two packages of black dry erase markers, one package of Ziploc bags (girls gallon size, boys quart size), two single-subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks, one pair pointed tip scissors, four large boxes of Kleenex, one Mead Primary Journal, two containers of Lysol or Clorox wipes and one package of multicolored highlighters.

Second graders require one package of Expo markers, one pair pointed tip scissors, two boxes of 24-count crayons, a plastic box for crayons, three pink pearl erasers, one package of plastic-sleeved sheet protectors (girls only), one package red pens (for grading), one 3-pack of disinfectant wipes, two plastic pocket folders with prongs, two glue sticks, three large boxes Kleenex, two wide-ruled spiral notebooks, two packages gallon-size Ziploc bags (boys only), and two packages of 8”x11” copy paper.

Third graders need three boxes Kleenex, three boxes of crayons, one box of colored pencils, three dozen yellow or plain #2 pencils, two big pink pearl erasers, four 3-pronged plastic pocket folders, one package of multicolored construction paper, two journal composition notebooks, one package plain yellow Post-It notes, one package 3”x5” index cards, one pair scissors, six glue sticks, one 12” ruler with inches and centimeters, one box multiplication flashcards, one package wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one small plastic organizer for crayons, one package of yellow highlighters, one package of black dry erase markers, a backpack and two packages 8”x11” copy paper.

Fourth graders require four dozen plain or yellow #2 pencils, one box colored pencils, two journal composition notebooks, two large pink pearl erasers, four glue sticks, a backpack, a handheld pencil sharpener, two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, five 3-pocket folders, scissors, five packages of wide-ruled notebook paper (cannot be college ruled), three large boxes Kleenex, a pencil pouch, two packages dry erase markers and two 3-ring binders.

For elementary grades, the student’s name should be placed on their crayon boxes and backpacks, glitter-coated pencils are highly discouraged. Additional supplies may be required after teachers have been assigned.

For fifth graders and up, additional supplies other than those listed may be required for some courses. They need 24 non-refillable mechanical pencils, two large packs of plain or yellow #2 pencils, one box of colored pencils, five boxes Kleenex, a flash drive (new students only), two highlighters, five tab dividers for their binder, two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, a zippered pencil pouch, two large pink pearl erasers, one 4 oz. tube of glue, four packages of wide-ruled notebook paper, scissors, backpack, 3-ring binder and small personal pencil sharpener. No Sharpies, markers or crayons are allowed.

Sixth through eighth graders need a 3-ring notebook, five spiral notebooks, two composition books, seen single folders, two packages each of loose-leaf notebook paper and 8”x11” copy paper, one package each of black pens, colored pencils and colored markers (no Sharpies), 24 #2 pencils and a math compass and protractor.

High school students will need three packages of 8”x11” copy paper, 400 sheets of loose-leaf notebook paper, seven spiral notebooks, a dozen #2 pencils, a composition book, a box of Kleenex, bottle of hand santizer, and if taking math courses, a compass, protractor, colored pencils, scientific calculator and graph paper.

The fall semester begins Thursday, August 10.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

In June 1997, a young adult book titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (retitled in the U.S. as Sorcerer’s Stone) was published in England, by a debut author named J.K. Rowling. This book began the series following the adventures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they navigated the trials of adolescence in a boarding school for wizards. The series became an equally-famous series of films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman.

The Okmulgee Public Library is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Potter series with a celebration held from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. the nights of Thursday, June 20 and Thursday, June 27. There will be a live reading of Sorcerer’s Stone, as well as arts and crafts, with other activities remaining a secret until the event. Costumes are not required, but they are greatly encouraged, as they would add to the fun.

“Every so often, a book comes along that captures everything you need to know about life,” says Jeana Robinson, OPL Director of Children’s Services. “In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, this was Harry Potter. I think this series is where real fandom started; the depth of the stories and characters engaged children and adults of all ages.”

The seven-book series, which totals over a million words and four thousand pages, have become required pop-cultural knowledge in college English courses, and made their author into a Stephen King-level celebrity, with 11.2 million Twitter followers. Through these books, as Robinson said, “We learned about Quidditch, butterbeer and potions, love, loss, loyalty and friendship.” Rowling has also written four non-HP novels for adults, in addition to six HP spinoff books, a screenplay for a prequel film and a stage play sequel.

Besides Sorcerer’s Stone, the other books in the series are The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows.

Robinson isn’t sure which of the four houses she would be sorted into, but two of the library staff are confirmed Ravenclaws.

Youth

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Crossroads Baptist Church, located at 6962 Happy Camp Road in Beggs, held a dessert auction Sunday, July 9, to raise money to “send the youth group off in style,” according to Karen Noland, on their way to Falls Creek.

The youth and other members of the congregation prepared over forty desserts, which were auctioned off by Tom Grimmett, raising over $1,800. This money will go towards chartering an air-conditioned motorcoach, providing a much more comfortable ride than the used non-air-conditioned school bus they would otherwise make the almost-three-hour trip in.

The leftover money will “provide additional scholarships for youth who may need assistance to attend,” Noland said. Falls Creek is located in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis. Basically a small city, it is the oldest youth camp in the state and the largest in the nation. Though mainly Baptist, any denomination is welcome. It was founded in 1917, and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which is the overseering organization of the state’s various Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving university campuses.

For more information on Fall Creek, or if anyone knows youth hoping to attend, contact Gary Honeycutt at 918-267-4720.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Crossroads Baptist Church, located at 6962 Happy Camp Road in Beggs, held a dessert auction Sunday, July 9, to raise money to “send the youth group off in style,” according to Karen Noland, on their way to Falls Creek.

The youth and other members of the congregation prepared over forty desserts, which were auctioned off by Tom Grimmett, raising over $1,800. This money will go towards chartering an air-conditioned motorcoach, providing a much more comfortable ride than the used non-air-conditioned school bus they would otherwise make the almost-three-hour trip in.

The leftover money will “provide additional scholarships for youth who may need assistance to attend,” Noland said. Falls Creek is located in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis. Basically a small city, it is the oldest youth camp in the state and the largest in the nation. Though mainly Baptist, any denomination is welcome. It was founded in 1917, and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which is the overseering organization of the state’s various Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving university campuses.

For more information on Fall Creek, or if anyone knows youth hoping to attend, contact Gary Honeycutt at 918-267-4720.

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Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and for students (and parents) at Morris Elementary School the following suggested lists of supplies have been posted on social media.

For pre-K students, two boxes of Kleenex, two boxes of 16-count crayons, one 10-count package of markers in traditional colors, eight glue sticks, one pack of Play-Doh, two 3-hole plastic folders, a regular-size clear backpack with child’s name on it, two packages baby wipes, one plastic Kindercare mat in red or blue with child’s name on it, one package of sandwich-sized Ziploc bags (if student is a boy), one package of gallon-sized Ziploc bags (if student is girl), if in Mrs. Clay’s or Mrs. Ewton’s class one bottle of glitter (any color is fine), and if in Mrs. Freistedt’s class one pencil pouch with zipper and binder-sized holes.

For kindergarten, two boxes of 24-count crayons, two boxes of Kleenex, one box of quart-sized Ziploc bags (if girl), one bottle of hand santizer (if boy), eight glue sticks, one pair of scissors, one 12-count package of sharpened #2 pencils (Ticonderoga preferred), one 10-count package of markers, one package of fine-tip markers, one Kindercare plastic mat in red or blue with child’s name on it, one pencil pouch with holes, one composition notebook and two dry-erase markers.

First graders need two boxes of Kleenex, one pair of scissors, two 24-count boxes of crayons, one 4 oz. bottle of glue, one package plain yellow #2 pencils, four folders with pockets, one bottle of hand sanitizer, one 8-pack of washable markers, two one-subject composition notebooks (no ring notebooks), a 5”x8” school-supply box, six glue sticks, one package Clorox wipes, one package gallon-sized Ziploc bags (if boy), one package quart-size Ziploc bags (if girl).

Second graders need one package of #2 pencils, one pair scissors, eight glue sticks, one package of pencil-top erasers, two boxes of 24-count crayons, two boxes of Kleenex, three plastic pocket folders, two one-subject spiral-bound notebooks, two highlighters in any color, one 8-coutn box of washable markers, one package of dry-erase markers, one package of quart-sized Ziploc bags, and three packages of Clorox wipes.

Third graders need two 12-count packages of #2 pencils, one composition notebook, one box of 24-coutn crayons, one pair of sharp scissors, four pocket folders with brads, two large erasers, one package wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one pencil bag with zipper, one 8-count box of colored pencils, two boxes of Kleenex, four glue sticks, one package of Clorox wipes, three single-subject spiral-bound notebooks, one package of pencil-top erasers, two dry-erase markers and one highlighter in any color.

Fourth graders require one package of Clorox wipes, one 12-count package of #2 pencils, one 70-page spiral notebook, one pair of scissors, two boxes of Kleenex, six plastic pocket folders with fasteners, one package of markers, one package of black dry-erase markers, one pencil bag with zipper, one box of 24-count crayons, one package of wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one 4 oz. tube of glue, one package of 12-count colored pencils, and one bottle of hand sanitizer.

Finally, fifth graders require two packages of #2 pencils, three pocket folders with holes (no brads), two pocket folders with brads, one pencil bag with zipper, one box of washable markers, five composition notebooks, two boxes of Kleenex, one 24-count box of crayons, one package of Clorox wipes, one 3-ring binder (a two-inch zipper binder is suggested), one box of colored pencils, two spiral notebooks, eight glue sticks, two packages of wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, and a pair of earbuds.

Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:34

Physicals required for Bulldogs athletes

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

All Okmulgee Public Schools students who plan on participating in Bulldog sports during the upcoming 2017-18 school year are required to have a complete athletic physical on file in the athletic department before they will be allowed to compete or practice.

There are three chances for students to get these physicals: 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 and Thursday, July 20 at Okmulgee Pediatrics, located at 1101 S. Belmont Ste. 205. The third date will be Thursday, July 27 at the Wetumka branch of the East Central Family Health Center, located at 109 S Main St in Wetumka. For that location, a bus will leave Brock Gym at 12 p.m.

The required paperwork may be picked up from Diane Colbert at Okmulgee High School.

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Pre-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year at Morris Public Schools will be held at the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, August 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is for all students, new and returning, from pre-K to high school. Enrollment after these dates is handled on an individual basis at the appropriate school building.

For each student registered, parents must have a Social Security card, immunization records, birth certificate, proof of residence, and if applicable, their CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card.

The high school is located at 307 S 6th, and the MPS number is 918-733-9072. The school year begins on Thursday, August 17.

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